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Re: 3M clear protective foil

This sounds an awful lot like the clear plastic body covering that is
in front of the rear wheel wells on my Porsche 993.  Don't expect 
miracles; I have several rock chips in this as well.  One potential 
advantage is after a few years you MIGHT be able to peel the old ones
off  & apply new ones and not damage/affect the paint.

Will let you know in a few years.

Ray Calvo (porsray@aol.com)
1990 Coupe Quattro
1995 Porsche 993

In a message dated 96-09-06 13:30:43 EDT, you write:

 From: tnas@dtpdirect.nl (Tom Nas, DTP Direct bv)
 Date: Fri, 6 Sep 1996 15:16:38 +0200
 Subject: 3M clear protective foil
 Hi all,
 I seem to remember a thread about protecting the front of your car against
 stone chips some time ago. In this week's AutoBild magazine there was a
 feature about this treatment, where they put this foil over areas likely to
 be damaged (e.g. bonnet front lip, bumpers, under door handles) In the
 pictures they show how it's being done, using a hair dryer to shape the
 stuff and templates for cutting. Looks very nice to me. My car's prolly too
 far gone already for this to have any effect, but on my next car (or if I
 ever decide to have this one repainted) I might try this out. Anyone else
 on the list have experience with this? Bras are right out for me (what's
 the use of protecting your paintwork if the protection is uglier than
 damaged paint, like baggy seat covers over beautiful upholstery?) but I
 would like to know how this foil holds up WRT washing, polishing etc. Do
 the edges show up over time? Does it stay clear and invisible or does it
 yellow/scratch with age?
 TIA, Tom
 1988 80 1.8S FWD 120k miles
 in Holland (where the base model A4 1.6 FWD costs about $29k already)
 PS Had an incident with a rather fast-moving rock yesterday. No damage
 except for a large hole in my 'screen. Lots of splinters in my car and on
 my person. Insurance covered screen replacement at no cost & no loss of
 NCB... firm called Carglass came by and replaced screen while I was at
 work. Great job- just a nasty smell in my car remains. Fitter cursed Audi
 for their glue (had a h*ll of a job getting the thing out). Interior mirror
 stem wouldn't come off like it should, the guy spent 45mins on the mirror
 alone. At last, I've got a screen I can actually *see through*: original
 one was peppered and scratched.